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Archive for December, 2013

The entire history of US infectious disease surveillance reports at your fingertips

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The newly released Project Tycho™ database has  digitized the entire history of US infectious disease surveillance reports that have been published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and precursor journals since 1888. Why you ask? The project hopes to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy./da

FUNDING: EFTS Award Application Deadline Extended!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extend to December 31, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply :

Questions to Jim Honour


DIRLINE Ends Its 30 Year Run

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Due to a changing technical and budgetary environment, the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is no longer adding, updating or maintaining records in DIRLINE. As of October 1st, 2013, and for the following fiscal year, DIRLINE is searchable but the records are marked as ”archived.” SIS expects to retire DIRLINE at the end of 2014. These changes do not affect Health Hotlines.

For more information


EDUCATION: Next Breezing Along with the RML – Wed. Dec. 18 – Data Accuracy in Journals

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
  • December 18  – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML – Data Accuracy in Journal Abstracts: Implications for Informing Clinical Decisions

NOTE URL  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)


Mission I’mPossible

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Special Agent Ranking:

Kitty Serling is in the lead, Sarah Weitzel is in second place and Jackie Hittner is in a very close third place!  These Special Agents are doing a commendable job, but wouldn’t you like to see if you can outsmart them?  You’ll be amazed at how fast you can earn points.  So start playing now by registering for the game or visit the game details page.  Further instructions on how to start the game will be sent to you after registration. If you have any questions or comments, please contact John Bramble at, 800-338-7657

Stay tuned as we’ll be adding new missions in the next few weeks.  The next opportunity to gain some points is by attending our next session of Breezing Along with the RML on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT.  /rv

December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

feature1The December 2013 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn how personalized medicine is evolving, discover how to treat and prevent household burns, and understand how naps can help enhance learning for preschoolers./da

Job Posting: NLM MEDLARS Management Section Unit Head

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Forwarded from NLM:

NLM anticipates that on Thursday December 5th, there will be an announcement on for the Bibliographic Data Management Unit Head, MEDLARS Management Section of the Bibliographic Services Division position at the National Library of Medicine. The position will be listed as a Supervisory Technical Information Specialist GS-1412-13, with a salary range from $89,033 to $115,742 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

The Head of this Unit provides expert technical and data content quality assurance oversight for various library systems and NLM databases and information retrieval systems.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.

Please contact Sara Tybaert, Head, MEDLARS Management Section at 301.496.7717 or with questions. /ch